This is a short list of Japanese words and related terms that are
used on this site, with definitions and any unique connotations
related to 3x3 Eyes. For more unusual terms specific to 3x3 Eyes,
consult the Magic and Names Guide.
For Japanese terms, the kanji or kana in Unicode (UTF-8) encoding
follows the romanized term.
- animation (but you probably knew that). As with
manga, this word is used outside of Japan
to refer exclusively to Japanese animation.
- legend, as in Seima Densetsu (Legend of the Divine
Demon), the name of the second OAV series. See also
- manga magazine produced by a "circle" or group of fans. These
publications often contain original stories featuring popular manga
characters, sort of like visual fanfiction. Doujinshi are very popular
in Japan, and many publications appear quite professional. A
kojinshi is a magazine produced by a single fan rather than a
- drama album -
- soundtrack containing dramas, which are audio skits performed
by the characters for a series, usually the same voice actors that
are in the anime. A drama album will usually contain several skits
(or a long one with several parts), in addition to music.
- lower class, low-ranking (person, monster). Studio Proteus used
Curse of the Gesu as the title of their second series
of 3x3 Eyes manga translations, since Sanjiyan (Pai) refers to the
one-eyed, trenchcoat-wearing monster as "Gesu" in the
Japanese manga. In the credits of the Japanese anime, the
one-eyed monster is called "Youma".
- image album -
- soundtrack for a series containing songs that are have no direct
relation to the series, i.e. they were not used in the anime. Image
songs may have been "inspired" by an anime or manga, or
they may be sung by one of the voice actors for the anime. The song
"3x3 Eyes" by Takada Band on the first 3x3 Eyes CD is a
good example of an image song.
- beast (lit. beast demon). In 3x3 Eyes, this word often refers to
the mindless aggressive creatures used in beast magic, such as
T'u-Chao. See also youkai
- Japanese word for "comic", and therefore used outside of
Japan to refer specifically to Japanese comics. (Japanese people
also commonly use the English word "comic" to refer to
manga, which makes the whole situation rather ironic, not to mention
- OAV (or OVA) -
- Original Anime Video or Original Video Animation. The term refers
to direct-to-video releases (like 3x3 Eyes), as opposed to TV shows
or theatrical releases.
- music, sometimes used to distinguish a soundtrack containing background
music (BGM) from one containing vocal songs.
- holy land, sacred place. In 3x3 Eyes, this refers to the Sanjiyan
homeland, the birthplace of Pai.
- divine demon. This word is a combination of the kanji for
"saint" and "demon", and it seems to be unique to
3x3 Eyes. It is used to refer to the Sanjiyan Unkara, implying
a mixture of fear and reverence.
- voice actor or actress.
- single volume which collects multiple chapters of a manga series.
In Japan, magazines containing chapters from many different manga
series are published regularly, usually weekly or monthly. If a
series is popular, groups of chapters will later be republished
in small paperback volumes (somewhat similar to trade paperbacks
or graphic novels in the USA).
- spirit, supernatural creature. This is a very broad term which
includes all types of supernatural phenomena, including both
youma and juuma. In the
first OAV, Ling-Ling offers to sell Chou and Ms. Huang paper charms
to ward off youkai-jaki (evil spirits).
- monster, demon. In 3x3 Eyes this can be any being that is not
human, which includes most of the main characters. This term
normally implies intelligence, unlike juuma.